5. Community Response


Domestic violence affects all communities and often those experiencing domestic violence will seek help from within their social networks such as family, friends or colleagues. People often feel awkward about bringing the subject up or worried that they are intruding. Family and friends may even try to be neutral; however the perpetrator could take this as evidence that the abusive behaviour is acceptable. The survivor may interpret neutrality as meaning she is partly responsible.

‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.’ Bishop Desmond Tutu


This section will provide information on the various parts of the community(ies) that have a role in addressing domestic violence:

5.1 - Engaging Men

5.2 - Faith Groups

5.3 - Family & Friends

5.4 - Other Community Spaces

5.5 - Survivor Groups